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The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Using annuities in your retirement planning

As we move into April, I had planned to start a series of articles on Investing in Equities. Instead, I want to provide information on using annuities in your retirement planning, including benefits and risks. My motivation was learning that a long time insured who has moved out of state has run out of money and is being supported by her children. Studies show that the consistent #1 concern of the baby boomers is running out of money.

April 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at http://valuespartnerships.com/ATLSharkTankBreakfast/

April 09, 2015 | | Business


Five Ga. film studios band together to form advocacy group

Five film and television studios around Atlanta, including Covington-based Triple Horse Studios, have come together to form an advocacy group for Georgia's studios and businesses that support film and television industries. The five studios forming the new Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance (GSIA) are: Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta, Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Tyler Perry Studios and Triple Horse Studios.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Should hard assets be a part of your financial plan?

Mike Lassiter is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is a Licensed Insurance Counselor and a Registered Investment Advisor. He can be reached locally at 770-786-2781.

March 15, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Life insurance as an investment?

In previous articles, I reviewed both the positives and negatives of using life insurance as an investment vehicle. This time, I would like to discuss what life insurance does best as an investment, and that is, self-completion at any time while the contract is inforce.

March 08, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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USDA offers to buy crops for biomass energy program

USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess has announced that biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which will help increase production of renewable energy. The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to producers who deliver eligible material to biomass conversion facilities and FSA will provide financial assistance to collect, harvest, store and transport eligible materials.

August 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local: Porterdale Mill Lofts

Retrofitting historical buildings is an increasingly popular practice, combining history with modern amenities and maintaining previous styles of architecture, which become unique once again.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local...Bizzy Bee Exterminators

With summer in full swing, insects and other pests are finding their way into homes and businesses all across the county. That's where Bizzy Bee Exterminator comes in, providing a range of pest extermination and prevention services.

Bizzy Bee has been in Oxford since 1972 and its employees have an average of 40 years of industry experience, Vice President Brook Collins said. He said his company is focused on high-quality work and customer service.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local: AAMCO

Customer Service Manager Glenn Leftwich said AAMCO is the most recognized auto repair company in the United States because of the variety of services they offer, their quality of service and their competitive prices.

July 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local: Odyssey Batteries

Odyssey Batteries has a battery to fit every need from simple AA batteries for flashlights to marine batteries for boats.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Mama Maria's Italian Grill

Costa Charitos warmly greets a couple entering the door; his enthusiasm infusing the restaurant he owns and operates. Charitos moves from table to table visiting with customers, asking about the food, about the service and about life.

Charitos personality meshes with Covington, a city he came to because of its kind, helpful people. Charitos opened Mama Maria's Italina Grill in January, but already he's gained a cadre of loyal customers.

July 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... Little Caesars Pizza

There's a new guy in town. Located in the Kroger Center on Salem Road, Little Caesars Pizza opened to the public on June 23. With this franchise celebrating 50 years and being listed as one of the top 50 restaurant chains by Quick-Serve Resource Magazine, owners Jeff and Laura Whitehead have something to celebrate as well. The husband and wife team will manage this new local pizza place, with a history of great success, and the two are excited about serving the Covington area.

June 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Dermatology Consultants P.C.

Dermatology Consultants P.C. specializes in general cosmetic and surgical dermatology, offering facials, acne treatments, chemical peels, waxing, hair removal and enhancement, sunless tanning, Botox and Sculptra injections and a full-line of skin-care products.

The Covington office has three experienced physicians, including Benjamin Kelly who is a specialist in treating skin cancer, marketing official Brooke Fairbank said. Physicians will sit down with customers and take a look at their skin to recommend the specific skin care regimen for them, whether their skin is oily or sensitive or they have acne.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local: Loganville Ford

Loganville Ford's customer service is what sets it apart from other local area dealerships. General Sales Manager Barry Weatherby said Loganville Ford won a 2008 Ford President's award, the most prestigious award handed out by Ford Motor Co., for having the highest sales and best customer satisfaction among local Ford dealerships.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


VP named for Essex Bank

Essex Bank , a community bank serving Gwinnett, Walton, Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties announced Kevin Mathis as its Vice President of Commercial Lending.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local: Ozone Bar and Grill

Located in an old skating rink, the Ozone Bar and Grill is a unique place in Covington to hear live music and enjoy a variety of food. The rink has been converted into a concert hall, with a spacious downstairs and a wrap-around upstairs balcony.

May 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


General Mills to locate plant in Social Circle

General Mills is once again investing in Georgia and will open up a distribution center east of Social Circle in 2010. The center will create 112 jobs.

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Buy Local... Benton House

 Benton House of Covington, a senior living facility being built at 7155 Dearing Road, will open in July and reservations are being taken now. Director of Operations Mike Allard said Benton provides good-sized apartments with a lot of closet space, has easy access because all apartments are on the first floor and is the right size to provide a sense of community without crowding residents.

May 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Second annual Shred Day

Keeping information safe: Brandon Carter, vice president of operations and co-owner of A Cut Above Shredding company, stands by a truck filled with documents to be shredded.

Newton Federal Bank and the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Shred Day. Residents were able to have documents that held sensitive information disposed in a safe way. A Cut Above Shredding provided free shredding services for residents.

May 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... Sweet Bea’s Cafe

If you want a 100 percent black Angus burger and a tasty side of fresh-cut fries then stop by Sweet Bea's Café on Ga. Highway 11. Sisters and co-owners Angela Durden and Kathy King opened the restaurant in December and named it after their grandmother Bea, who worked as a waitress and loved to cook, Durden said.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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